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Mountain Laurel Center of Vermont

Mountain Laurel Center is a non-profit / for profit entity whose mission is to advance development and consumption of Vermont healthy foods.

  • Stage Concept Only
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location Jericho, VT, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 0

Company Summary

The two components of the Mountain Laurel Center are:
• A non-profit educational center on an extant farm to foster connections between the public and Vermont agriculture in support of sustainable practices and healthy eating choices
• A for-profit new product exploration and processing center, that will remove significant roadblocks currently facing growers and producers in NW Vermont seeking to create / commercialize new products.


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    Laurel Shelmandine
    Executive Director

    Ms. Shelmandine, is currently the Business Manager and Sales Development Leader for a 12 year old Vermont-based sauce, marinade and dessert topping business – “It’s Arthur’s Fault”.

    It’s Arthur’s Fault has grown from stove top production with sales at local farmers' markets to having distribution in outlets throughout New England and a growing on-line commercial presence. The products have been featured in the NY Times and Wine Spectator.

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    Arthur Ross Shelmandine
    Consulting Chef

    Mr. Shelmandine is an accomplished and creative chef, consulting recipe development specialist, developer of all 25 of “It’s Arthur’s Fault” products, and teacher of cooking classes for 12 years in Vermont.

    Arthur will play a key role in providing clients with recipe development, ingredient sourcing, processing and packaging consulting. He will also support the education center with lectures, demonstrations and cooking classes.

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    Chris Simms
    Farming Lead and Educator

    After a career in education, Chris worked for several innovative agricultural operations in Vermont – including some of the earliest CSA’s established. Currently, she runs her own lamb and poultry business. Chris will operate the on-site farm at the center and lead the education division, offering programs for growers, gardeners, adults and kids.

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    Board of Directors

    The non-profit arm of MLC will have a Board of Directors comprised of other successful food producers, business people, financial development experts and architectural/design advisors.


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    Douglas Riley
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    Not yet determined